22nd July 2020

Covid-19 – The compulsory wearing of a face covering in shops

The introduction of the requirement for people to wear a face covering whilst in a shop is intended to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

There are certain groups of people who are exempt from this requirement and they include:

Children under the age of 11,

People with disabilities

Those with breathing difficulties or

Those who are travelling with someone who relies on lip reading.

These groups of people, their parents or guardians are able to indicate the reason, if required, as to why they are not wearing a face covering.

General practice is under considerable pressure as a direct result of the current challenges they are faced with delivering a service to patients at the same time as coping with the consequences of this virus.

There is no requirement for general practice to issue letters for patients who are unable to wear face coverings, as the Government have clearly defined the exemptions to this requirement.

General practice needs to focus all its time and effort managing those who need their help and not be diverted from this by unnecessary tasks.

Many thanks for your help and support in this matter.

For further information please follow the link - - please refer to carry a card section which may be helpful.

Guidance to keep you safe when attending your vaccination appointment  

While coronavirus has put limitations on all our lives, it is important that you or your baby or child still have routine vaccinations. They protect against serious and potentially deadly illnesses and stop outbreaks in the community. We recommend that you [attend/book in for] your next scheduled appointment – see for details on when they are due.

Travelling to and from your appointment

When travelling to and from your appointment, please follow guidelines which include travelling by car, bike or on foot if possible, keeping a safe distance from others and washing your hands regularly. For more details, go to and search ‘staying safe outside your home’.

When attending your appointment 07/07/2020

When attending your appointment, we will be putting in place a range of measures to minimise any risk of COVID-19:

  •      social distancing measures will be observed;
  •      we may have asked you to attend your appointment at a clinic that is not at your usual venue;
  •      the appointment may take longer than usual.

Due to the ongoing response to COVID-19, our service may have a reduced number of appointment slots available. If you choose not to attend your appointment, please contact your GP practice. It is always helpful for us to know why so we can help you with any concerns you might have. If you still don’t wish to attend the appointment, it can be offered to someone else.

You must NOT attend an appointment if you or any member of your household are suffering from any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 or are self-isolating. If this applies to you, please contact your GP practice so that you can reschedule your appointment for a different time.

If you are identified as clinically extremely vulnerable and have been shielding, please contact your GP practice for the latest advice on what to do.

Smoke Free Knowsley , we are still here to support you,  Due to COVID -19 all our walk-in sessions are closed, but we are still here supporting anyone who wants  to stop smoking, you can  call us on 01514267462  or click this link and refer yourself directly

Clinics & Services

Ante-natal Clinic

Monday 09:00 to 12:00

Thursday 13:00 to 16:00

Clinics are held every week. Expectant mothers should attend regularly. Please bring along a urine sample to your appointment. A final post-natal check after the birth is also important.

Annual Review

Appointments from 08:00 to 18:30 Monday to Friday 

We are moving towards a system of routine annual review for long-term diseases in the month of your birthday. Please book an appointment with a practice nurse. Make sure that you bring any portable equipment (e.g. inhalers, blood glucose monitors) with you, so that we can check their condition and monitor your technique. Your nurse may ask you to book a subsequent appointment with a GP for medication review.

Child Health Clinic

Wednesday 13:00 to 16:00

These clinics are held every week for the purpose of routine baby health checks and childhood immunisations. It is important to bring your child to these clinics, which are an effective way of providing continuity of care, early recognition of potential health concerns, and ensuring full immunisation from serious infectious diseases. All children must be registered before they attend these clinics.

Click here for information on the NHS immunisation schedule. If you think that your child has missed any vaccination, please book an appointment at a Child Health Clinic to discuss this.

Flu Clinics

If you are eligible and have not yet had your Flu Vaccination please contact the surgery and arrange an appointment with one of our Practice Nurses at Wingate Medical Centre.

Minor Surgery

Wednesday 08:00 to 11:00 and 12:00 to 15:00 

This clinic, run by Dr Perritt, aims to address minor skin problems. It is accessed by referral from your GP, by appointment only. You will normally be offered a triage appointment prior to surgery. At this triage appointment, you will be examined and where possible, offered a diagnosis and management plan. This will include alternative treatments to surgery, along with a summary of expected benefits and potential adverse effects associated with the treatment options. Should you decide to progress with surgical management, you will be asked to sign a form providing evidence of your consent to the procedure.

Phlebotomy Clinic

Monday to Friday 08:00 to 11:30 and 13:30 to 15:30

Stop Smoking Clinic

Clinics are held every Tuesday 13:00 to 15:00 and Thursday 15:30 to 17:20 and are run by Knowsley Stop Smoking Service. To book an appointment please ring up and ask to book an appointment. 

Please note if this is your first appointment you will need to book a double appointment.

Travel Immunisations

We can offer the full range of travel immunisations. Please book in to see us as soon as you know your holiday destination. Ideally you should come at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date, as some immunisations involve a course of injections spread out over time. Please be aware that the cost of certain vaccinations is not covered under the NHS, and will require a separate charge. More information is available on the above tab.

Well Person

These general health checks are available most weekdays. All newly registered patients must see the practice nurse for a medical. Health checks are also available for people who have not seen a doctor for over three years. Annual health checks are also available for patients over 75 years old. You will be given a general medical examination, followed by the opportunity to have some routine screening blood tests. Please book in for an appointment with a district nurse. 

Other Clinics

We run clinics for patients with medical problems needing regular checks, such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, raised blood pressure and hormone replacement therapy. We can also help with problems such as stopping smoking or weight management. Please enquire about these services at reception. 

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